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Mark Willliamson

High yield bio-products could revive idled Canadian TMP mills

High yield bio-products  could revive idled Canadian TMP mills

A large-scale pilot plant at Resolute’s Thunder Bay mill will further develop FPInnovations’ patented process to produce “2G” sugars and hydrolysis lignin (H-lignin) using mechanical refining, mild chemical treatment and enzymatic hydrolysis. Eventually, a production plant of 500 t/d or higher operating at 90% yield may be possible.

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Hakan Ekstrom

Market pulp producers saw higher profits in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices jump to record high levels, while production costs increased only slightly

Market pulp producers saw higher profits in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices jump to record high levels, while production costs increased only slightly

Pulp prices reached record highs in early 2018 following a 16-month period of increasing prices. Wood fiber costs, the largest cost component when manufacturing pulp, hav...

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Martin Fairbank

Poka Yoke for easier and safer work

Poka Yoke for easier and safer work

If you've had any exposure to Lean Manufacturing, you'll be familiar with the term Poka Yoke, invented by lean guru Shigeo Shingo in the 1960s. It means mistake-proofing....

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Hakan Ekstrom

Global softwood lumber prices continued their two-year climb in the 1Q/18 with the pace being higher in North America than in the Nordic countries, Russia and China

Global softwood lumber prices continued their two-year climb in the 1Q/18 with the pace being higher in North America than in the Nordic countries, Russia and China

Lumber markets – North America

After softwood lumber consumption in the US reached a ten-year high in 2017, demand fell in early 2018. Despite the reduced first quarter co...

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Sören Back

The world’s first lignin plant for biofuels

The world’s first lignin plant for biofuels

The Swedish pulp producer Rottneros, the fuel company Preem and the bioenergy development company RenFuel have signed an agreement to build a lignin plant at the Vallvik ...

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Jaclin Ouellet

Cristini welcomes German Propapier to its Lachute, QC, plant

Cristini welcomes German Propapier to its Lachute, QC, plant

Last May 30 was a bright sunny day, as German papermaker ProGroup decided to pay a visit to its papermachine clothing supplier, Cristini, in Lachute, QC. Both groups reun...

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Hakan Ekstrom

There were substantial increases in wood costs for pulpmills in Western US and Canada in the 1Q/18, while wood fiber prices fell to record lows in Eastern Canada

There were substantial increases in wood costs for pulpmills in Western US and Canada in the 1Q/18, while wood fiber prices fell to record lows in Eastern Canada

Price movements for wood fiber throughout North America were mixed in the 1Q/18 with substantial increases seen in the Western US and Western Canada, while prices for sof...

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Hakan Ekstrom

Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China have more than tripled in ten years with lumber volumes surpassing logs by 36% in 2017

Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China have more than tripled in ten years with lumber volumes surpassing logs by 36% in 2017

China imported record high volumes of softwood logs and lumber in 2017, making the country the largest log importer in the world and the second largest lumber importer af...

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Frank Cunnane

How Best Practices can be Quantified on Grade Changes, Energy Saving Projects, and Process Control Parameters

How Best Practices can be Quantified on Grade Changes, Energy Saving Projects, and Process Control Parameters

As early as 2016, studies were introduced that showed numerous process control benefits that can be realized on paper machines equipped with the EasyScan traversing perme...

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